This Weekend: Bluegrass and the Funk Academy

The weekend rain is really putting a damper on our outdoor activities. Despite that, here are cool things going on this weekend, rain or shine. Get your poncho, or whatever you wear, and go have some fun this weekend!

Georgetown French Market

April 29 & 30:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

May 1:  Noon – 5 p.m.

One of the beautiful things about living in this great city is all of the really cool free stuff out there. Celebrate the (sort of) return of spring with the 13th annual Georgetown French Market.

The Book Hill neighborhood opens its shops, streets and restaurants to visitors, offering discounts, music performances and family activities throughout the weekend. And yes, expect beaucoup pastries. The market opens at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at noon on Sunday, closing at 5 p.m. each day, and admission is free. – Washington Post

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival

April 30th: Noon to Dark

I went to this event a few years ago and it was a ton of fun.  Granted the weather may not be that great this weekend but the good news is it isn’t supposed to rain on Saturday anymore.  Pre-sale tickets are gone but you can still get them at the event! See below.

Six stages, more than a dozen of D.C.’s best food trucks, boat and kayak tours, and beer from Atlas Brew Works and Sierra Nevada, all in a serene and green setting on an island in the Anacostia River. All of that, and we haven’t even mentioned the main attraction at the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival: the music, featuring acts from throughout the region and a handful from farther out, such as Magic Giant, a Los Angeles band taking the Americana Stage after Washington’s own Bumper Jacksons. The Woodshedders, a D.C. regular out of Harpers Ferry, will close the festival with an “after-dark” set. The main portion of the show runs from noon to 8 p.m., and tickets are $25. – Washington Post

Capital Funk’s 9th Annual Hip Hop Showcase: Funk Academy

April 30th:  7 pm

Call me crazy but if this showcase is anything like the movie, Step Up (Channing Tatum) then I’m thinking it’ll be a pretty excellent event.

Capital Funk’s ninth annual hip-hop showcase, the Funk Academy at Lisner Auditorium, brings together rappers, dancers and dance crews, beatboxers and more from across the region, with groups such as Future Shock DC, Culture Shock DC, Phunktions and many, many more taking the stage. The program starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $19-$20. – Washington Post

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